A weekly round up of the best (and strangest) action on Bandcamp from artists in and around Pittsburgh.
GOOD DUDE LOJACK
Producer Luke Starcher’s first release on Pittsburgh’s La Squadra electronic label is a milky coalition of pleasant house and hip hop beats, constructed for the ear of the shoegaze-intensive hipster generation.
“Sevenandtwenty” is perfectly balanced from start to finish, never leaning heavily on one aspect of electronic music in a show of favoritism. What Starcher provides on the album are intimate blends of house, broken beat, hip hop, dub and jazz samples, all stitched together with forethought and emotion.
Lojack’s “Sevenandtwenty” is one of the better electronic albums I’ve listened to in a long time. Whether you’re in your car jamming out at an intersection – looking like a real dumb dumb – or loafing on your coach in cookie dough stained sweatpants – again, looking like a real dumb dumb – this album is going to make you feel good.
Hot track: The Golden Peg
Arbitrary emoji rating: 4.5 out of 5 telescopes
“SPLIT W/ FIDEL CASSEROLE”
The debut record release from gadge, a split with Meadville’s Fidel Casserole, has me all torn up inside. Initially, I wanted to label gadge’s half of the album “Lazy Mac Demarco,” a lay up of pedestrian, half-time indie standards that produced nothing to inspired me.
That’s not entirely fair, though. While a lot of indie groups are settling into the redundant trap of lo-fi songwriting, gadge pulls from the days of 90s alternative yore to create a garage-shoegaze album that is wonderful and nostalgic.
The Pittsburgh band’s side of the split is closer to the Halo Benders than anything current, and the strained guitar signatures give all of gadge’s songs a satisfying amount of accent. Granted, gadge isn’t breaking new ground on anything here, but they don’t have to; this split with Fidel Casserole is what it is – a perfectly fine leftover dish of 90s shoegaze.
Hot track: loamy bridge spliffs
Arbitrary emoji rating: 3.5 out of 5 lorries
WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST LISTEN TO?
Bandcamp allows any artist to upload whatever they want to the site. Some artists take that idea and run with it. Here’s the weirdest thing from Pittsburgh on Bandcamp this week.
EAST KOAST CRAZIEZ
Fuck me, where do I even start with a band that spells Coast with a K?
Well, for one, the “People Also Like” section for East Koast Craziez’ Facebook page includes influential social groups such as “I’ll Always Have Juggalo Family” and “Faygoluvers Heaven”. But please, don’t judge East Koast Craziez due to their social circle.
No, please judge them because of their terrible music. East Koast Craziez make rap metal, words that are as hard to type out as the music is to listen to. Let’s take a look at some lyrics:
Haters gonna hate, Killers gonna kill
So that just means you must beware
That goes for you racist, bigot fucks out there
That shit’s retarded
Look at our country now
And we all started out as martians
Oh man, this song is like the roller coaster ride of the Jesse Ventura’s political rhetoric. Just when you agree with him over closing private prisons, he up and says some dumb shit about vaccinations causing autism. By the way, those lyrics are from the song Raise ‘em up, a track that is surprisingly NOT about the reading comprehension scores of their fans.
This is bad music. OK? Just bad. But you have to give it to this duo, they stay overwhelmingly positive throughout the album and “Rabiez” is clearly something they worked really hard on. It’s just that everything they write is so incredibly goddamn dumb. “Rabiez” would be an admirable venture if the product wasn’t so empirically tasteless.
Hot track: Raise ’em up